Howard:No plan to send more troops
AUSTRALIA has no plans to send extra troops to Iraq, despite suggestions the US is planning an extra deployment, Prime Minister John Howard says.
‘‘I don’t have any plans to increase Australia’s troop commitment, nor do I have any plans to reduce it,’’ Mr Howard said.
The Prime Minister said he would be notified if President George WBush decided to send more troops, but it would not mean Australia would follow.
‘‘The situation at the next election will depend on conditions in Iraq and the one thing we won’t do is be part ofany withdrawal that hands victory to the terrorists,’’ he said.
But Mr Howard acknowledged Australia relied on the US and said it was important the alliance continued.
‘‘People are critical of America and President Bush, but in the end, our futures are linked and the strength and power of America is important to us, especially in this part ofthe world,’’ he said.